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kath210
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Date: 11/16/11 1:16 PM

I'd like to make a quilt with 2 batik fabrics and one regular quilter's cotton. They are somewhat different; the regular cotton is a bit thicker.
Has anyone sewn batiks with other fabrics? Any issues? Or should I stick with all batik in one quilt?

Thanks for any experience with this.

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Date: 11/16/11 2:37 PM

You will be find just wash everything first and make sure it's colorfast.

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Date: 11/16/11 3:23 PM

Just mix them up. As Sewwolf says prewash first and if you have any concerns about the finished quilt running use a color catcher sheet or two in the washer. The fabrics mix together well unless the lighter weight fabric is actually a poor quality cloth that doesn't hold up well in general. If it isn't good quality then you probably shouldn't be using it in a quilt.

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Date: 11/16/11 7:31 PM

I tried mixing up batiks and quilting cottons and found that the batiks needed a "place of their own". After that (expensive) episode, I came to the conclusion that if I want batiks, I'm not going to mix them up with other fabrics. They need to be by themselves.

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Date: 11/16/11 7:41 PM

You may want to check out this thread started by seaside sewer.
Inspiration needed hand dyed batik fabric

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Date: 11/17/11 12:46 PM

Thanks for the link to batik quilts!

I'm a little nervous as the non-batik is somewhat thicker and stiffer; batiks seem rather thin in comparison. But the non-batik color goes perfectly with the batiks..so I may look around a little more for a batik in that shade....argh.

Or maybe give it a try anyway. I bought an unusual red and green batik last Xmas with Xmas tree imprints in the design. Love it but still not sure what to do with it. I have some ideas and collected some coordinating fabrics, including one non-batik.

Decisions, decisions.

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Date: 11/17/11 1:22 PM

Compare the weights and thicknesses after you have pre-washed everything to remove all 'sizing,' etc., and are sure you are working with the naked and true fabric.

If the batik still seems thinner and softer, you can try facing the batik squares with a light fabric and treating the two layers as one--but personally, I'd make a little sample quilt first of, say, eight squares to see if this combo will work.

Better to discover what's going to happen at the beginning rather than at the end!

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Date: 11/17/11 3:29 PM

I mix them all the time without problems. I rarely use all batiks when using them.

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Date: 11/17/11 4:09 PM

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I mix them all the time without problems. I rarely use all batiks when using them.

Same for me. I have made quite a few quilts that are a mixture, and they are all fine. One is actually used as a table cloth, so it gets washed weekly, and it has never been a problem.
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Date: 11/17/11 4:37 PM

I'm sure that seaside sewer and the others who have examples of batik quilts on that thread would answer your questions. And, have you washed the other fabric that you think is heavier, is it possible that some of the heaviness is from processing?

Aside from small projects, I've only quilted within garments. It wouldn't seem to matter about mixing the fabrics as long as there was some balance in the mix across the quilt, or if the design was aimed at intentionally not being balanced.

Just got back from the fabric store and was glancing at some of the quilt project books. Lots of narrow hanging holiday panels that looked like an ideal way to show of quilting and fabrics.

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